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Flexible Fully Guided New Zealand Bus Pass - South Island Loop & Milford Sound

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What to Expect
CHIRSTCHURCH - KAIKOURA Depart Christchurch bright and early, arrive in Kaikoura in time to go whale watching, or swim with dolphins. Spend the evening chilling on the beach, sampling some of the best seafood in New Zealand. KAIKOURA - ABEL TASMAN Head north and take in the last of the dramatic Kaikoura coastline. It’s a spectacular drive and we stop for a close look at the seals that lay about on the rocks. ABEL TASMAN - WESTPORT Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife. This afternoon stop at the Nelson Lakes to get your legendary wharf jumping shot, before hitting surf town Westport. WESTPORT - LAKE MAHINAPUA Journey down spectacular State Highway 6, that stretches 435 kilometres along the rugged Tasman shoreline. Highlights include the Cape Foulwind seal colony walk, rugged beaches, and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. LAKE MAHINAPUA - FRANZ JOSEF Continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through forests and past the towering Southern Alps to glacier country and Franz Josef. FREE DAY Take a free day to experience the unbelievable views of the glacier and Alps with hikes, scenic helicopter flights and skydiving. FRANZ JOSEF - WANAKA Start out early to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. Then into Mount Aspiring National Park, arriving into the awe-inspiring Wanaka. WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN Get your brain working at Puzzling World and its on to the world’s first commercial bungy site - the Kawarau Bridge. On arrival in Queenstown head down to the spectacular waterfront before it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s nightlife with all the crew! MILFORD SOUND DAY TRIP Recently ranked as the world's most beautiful place, Milford Sound is a must-do for those visiting New Zealand's South Island. The Milford Explorer departs Queenstown and stops at the picturesque Te Anau township on the lake before heading through the Homer Tunnel into Milford Sound. Once there, you will go on an unforgettable one and a half hour boat cruise through the Milford Sound exploring soaring peaks, towering waterfalls and New Zealand nature at its best.  QUEENSTOWN - LAKE TEKAPO Head through the Lindis Pass and get your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. Stop to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, then through to Lake Tekapo with its snow-capped Alps and clear starry skies. LAKE TEKAPO - CHRISTCHURCH  A straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand. 
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Important Information
Departure Point
• YMCA Christchurch 7:15am
Departure Time
Main Pick-up point- Christchurch:
  • YMCA Christchurch  7:15am

Other Pick-up points: 
  • Jailhouse Backpackers 7:10am
  • Bus Stop at 241 Bealey Avenue 7:30am
  • Bus Stop at 317 Gloucester Street 7:35am
*Each overnight location has a different departure time. Your driver guide will inform you of the time each day.
11 days
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guaranteed Accommodation (Paid for on arrival at accommodation)
  • Guaranteed bookings on activities (Activities not included in price, can be booked on bus with driver guide)
  • Daily walks and photo stops
  • Daily cafe/supermarket breaks
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation (can be booked on the bus with the driver guide daily at an extra cost)
  • Activities (can be booked on the bus with the driver guide daily at an extra cost)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


About the operator

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By: Kiwi Experience
61 reviews
Fantastic service
I want to share how happy our group was with Kiwi Experience. We had a tour group of two buses with families and
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10/10 Kiwi Experience!
The Kiwi experience was amazing, we had Guy as our driver and we could not have got a better guide. Every trip he
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Denise D
Intercity bus travel
What a great trip excellent bus driver commentary and helpful advice. Super comfortable and wonderful way to see
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No single word can sum up how great this trip has been!
I flew up from Queenstown to Auckland to jump on the kiwi experience not knowing it was going to be the trip of a
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Absolutely terrible!
Sat on a bus for 6-8hours a day. The "price guarantee" is crap!! I got to every hostel, got told the "kiwi
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Makati, Philippines
Great for solo travelers!
I did the small group tour Christchurch- back to Christchurch for 8 days. I was a bit hesitant about joining a
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Swansea, United Kingdom
A fun experience but VERY misleading - it is NOT hop on hop off!
I purchased a kiwi experience pass for a 3.5 week trip around New Zealand as part of a 5.5 month travel trip.
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This is just a quick review because at this moment we don't have the time or patience to go in depth with all the
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Kensington, Australia
Rob is the best driver!!
Just completed the funky chicken pass and had aussie Rob as my bus driver for the majority. He was amazing, the
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Not at all flexible hop on, hop off as advertised.
So this whole experience didn't start great. We hadn't been told that we had to book onto the trip really far in
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Not really what we signed up for
We were sold the Kiwi Experience North Island pass by estate agents STA. What we expected was a flexible hop-on
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Rude Drivers
Me and my partner are on bicycles and have cycled all of the South island. How would we know a kiwi bus was
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Not worth the hype!
Just a bit of insight before you read this. We’re two friends ages 23+25 and have been travelling 2.5 years. We
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Fair service, but not for everyone
I bought a kiwi experience ticket to tour the south island over the course of ~5 weeks. Suffice it to say that
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Rachael H
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Amazing country and great way to get around!
We travelled on the Kiwi Bus in July 2018. We were in New Zealand for 1 month, travelling for 3 weeks and visiting
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